It is always a little tricky to write a column that you know won’t be published for a couple of days. That’s been particularly true this year, given the pace at which things have changed even within a 48-hour period. But this column, in particular, submitted the day before Election Day and scheduled to be published the day after Election Day, required some deeper pondering than most.

In the end, though, I think that what needs to be said in our common life will remain true no matter who is elected on Tuesday, Nov. 3. Indeed, by the time you read this column, it is very likely we still won’t know who the winner of the election is. I hope that is not the case; I hope the election is decisive and the candidate who loses concedes gracefully. But we all know that a very different set of events could play out.

About the writer: The Rev. Dr. Jared C. Cramer, Tribune community columnist, serves as rector of St. John’s Episcopal Church in Grand Haven. Information about his parish can be found at

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Its nice that your coming around but sad you still feel you need to interject your opinion on politics. Maybe take a page from Rev. Koedykers playbook and just pen a positive letter. You have been part of the problem.


Hate like Maxine Waters encouraging Democrats to intimidate and verbally attack Republicans in public places...

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